By the CWA Gold Dagger award-winning author of Other Paths to Glory
When ex-Major Ed Parker of the US Army is pushed over a cliff at Pointe du Hoc following the D-Day anniversary, a crisis is sparked off in British Intelligence. The cream of the Secret Service gather: Dr Audley, Oliver St John Latimer, Commander Cable, Dr Paul Mitchell. But none will take on the case.
Why is the investigation left to inexperienced Elizabeth Loftus? Is there any truth in the old rumour that Parker was a KGB double agent?
Elizabeth must ponder these and many other questions as she prises the lid off a can of worms forty years old - and suspicion begins to fall on her most respected colleagues.
Intended as a sophisticated thriller in the mold of Le Carre, this is a laboriously paced novel that fails to generate much drama or suspense. When an American veteran of D-Day dies in Normandy on the 40th anniversary of the invasion, the event marks the opening of a chess game between the KGB and British Intelligence. In occasionally bewildering sequence, the thread of the story goes from the dead American, a suspected Soviet agent, to a group of British men who may also be KGB. It is up to Elizabeth Loftus, a neophyte in the world of espionage, to ferret out the answers with the assistance of her superior, David Audley, whose own loyalties are suspect because he had investigated these men some 30 years earlier and found nothing suspicious. While the plot is interesting, it is not related in a manner tht grips the reader, and the book ultimately flounders in wordiness. 50,000 ad/promo.